Application Platform News

Our latest news and commentary on applications, covering closed development platforms, SaaS vendors and related online services.

Platform News: Wall Street in New York

Tech selloff in focus as Nasdaq falls away from record highs

Wall Street’s main indexes tumbled on Tuesday, with the Nasdaq opening down 2% before steadying a bit, as technology-related stocks with lofty valuations extended losses amid...

Platform News: China

China to restrict mobile app news notifications in internet clampdown

China’s internet watchdog has said that it will ban some mobile app notifications and tighten regulations as the CCP ramps up a campaign to rein in tech companies.

Platform News: PayPal

PayPal profit tops estimates on digital payments boom

PayPal Holdings Inc has reported its strongest first quarter on record and beat profit estimates, with a coronavirus-driven shift to online shopping and digital transactions boosti...

Tinder App

Tinder owner bets on ‘summer of love’ to lift revenue as curbs ease

Match forecast current-quarter revenue above expectations on Tuesday, banking on its online dating apps including Tinder and Hinge attracting more subscribers as easing pandemic cu...

Platform News: Apple logo on the side of a building

Impact of Apple ad tracking changes will hinge on app developers

The impact of Apple Inc’s new privacy controls over digital advertising tracking is likely to depend greatly on how app developers implement a new pop-up notification, Apple&...

Platform Industry: Microsoft operating system users

Microsoft sales grow on cloud strength, shares dip on heightened valuation

Microsoft Corp met analysts’ quarterly sales expectations and beat profit estimates, but its shares fell slightly as investors hoped for an even stronger performance after a ...

Platform Industry News: European Commission President

Viable plan or security theatre? The EU embraces vaccine passports

As the EU races to set up a digital health pass scheme to save the holiday season from the pandemic, technical and political obstacles are showing just how big a challenge the worl...

GCHQ Director Jeremy Fleming

UK Cyber Spy Chief suggests China could rule world’s technology

The West must urgently act to ensure China does not dominate emerging technologies and gain control of the “global operating system”, the UK’s top cyber spy has s...

Amy Klobachur

US senators question Apple and Google on app store dominance

A panel of US Senators questioned officials from Apple and Google about the dominance of their mobile app stores and whether the companies abuse their power at the expense of small...

Platform Industry: Google News

Google Earth’s timelapse feature puts a spotlight on climate change

Google Earth has added a timelapse feature to the popular platform, providing a glimpse into how climate change, urbanization and deforestation have altered the planet over the las...

Tencent Holdings

Tencent Holdings raises $4.2 billion in its second major bond deal in a year

Tencent has raised over $4 billion today in its second major bond deal in less than a year as global investors were enticed by its attractive pricing and overlooked a regulatory cr...

China IPO's

Chinese tech start-ups pull IPO plans as Beijing tightens scrutiny

A growing number of Chinese tech start-ups are cancelling plans to list on Nasdaq-style markets at home with some eyeing Hong Kong share sales instead, as regulators tighten scruti...

Singapore

Singapore to accept COVID-19 digital travel pass from next month

Singapore will next month accept visitors who use a mobile travel pass containing digital certificates for COVID-19 tests and vaccines, its aviation regulator said on Monday, becom...

Platform industry news: Oracle Corp

Oracle offers to move clients to cloud for free as it plays catch-up

Oracle Corp has announced it will migrate companies’ most complicated computer programs to its cloud for free as it tries to catch a new wave of potential cloud-computing cli...